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In a rural French village, a letter is delivered decades late, inspiring a young woman to try to reunite two star-crossed lovers . . .
Middle school teacher by day, romance writer by night, and group knitter on Tuesday evenings, Flavie Richalet leads a fairly uneventful life—until she receives a long delayed letter meant for a total stranger. Postmarked 1971, the yellowed envelope, addressed to an Amélie Lacombe, holds a fervent message of love and a marriage proposal, signed only with the initial E. Given her own fractured family history, Flavie is dreamily determined to learn what became of the couple . . .
Flavie’s inquiries lead her to a French seaside inn—and to E. himself, a true romantic who never forgot the girl who got away so many years ago. But his protective nephew, B&B owner Romaric, isn’t sure that trying to find Amélie after all these years is good for his uncle. At odds with the tall, dark, and impossibly passionate Romaric, Flavie must show him, and perhaps herself, that true love is timeless—and always worth waiting for . . .
ard to put into words: evocative, transporting and above all engaging,
When a letter lost in the post for decades is delivered to a middle-school teacher / author in a small French village, the questions become overwhelming. Addresseed to Amalie, and signed only with an E, Flavie is determined to ferret out the who, the why and perhaps where of the two lovers lost in the vagaries of La Poste. With a premise liket that, anyone who loves romance, history and a little mystery would be hooked (I was) and when you add in the French setting, you can’t look away.
But this is far less about Flavie’s attempts to find E and Amalie, and bring about their reunion: it is a story of Flavie’s discovery of love for herself, her coming to understand the actual power of a love everlasting, and the fires that burn in an attraction. Flavie is a quiet soul, appreciating history and the ‘settled’ while understanding that half of the fun in the search is the discoveries one makes along the way. I loved her character: quietly resolved to finding answers to her many questions, her interactions with friends and people around her were lovely and added depth to the story that presented her as someone who dreamed of connections like the one she found in the letter, but isn’t certain she will find it.
And then she meets Romeric, with a bit of a whirlwind romance in the present time, and she sees some of the connections that she had built with Amelie through E’s letter coming to her own life. While their romance felt a bit pushed and perhaps more a function of wishful thinking and chemical reactions, it was sweet to see Flavie find the sort of memorable moments that she imagined from reading the letter. While far less time was spent on the letter, and more about Flavie’s journey, the story keeps calling out for you to read on: hoping to find an answer for Amelie and E, wishing that they did eventually find one another.
One of those books that is hard to put into words: evocative, transporting and above all engaging, it is a wonderful escape into a gentle love, or two, that resonate through the ages with one simple lost letter.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.